Teacher Education

Notification of Concerns

The Notification of Concern: Supporting Professional Behaviors and Dispositions
The UNI electronic Notification of Concern (NOC) process was developed to identify, assist, and monitor teaching candidates who exhibit problems that could prevent them from being successful professionals. Goals of the NOC are to:

  • Identify and correct problems early
  • Support the teaching candidates in addressing problems
  • Clarify procedures to be followed when students fail to correct the problem
  • Provide systematic documentation and follow-up to support faculty, department heads, and advisors in addressing such problems

NOTE: the electronic system for filing Notifications of Concern is designed to keep a paper trail of all communication with the student about the concern. ONCE A NOTICE IS FILED, ALL FUTURE ELECTRONIC CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE STUDENT REGARDING THIS NOTICE MUST OCCUR ON THE ELECTRONIC FORM. DO NOT USE EMAIL!
Unresolved Notifications of Concern will prohibit students from advancing to the next Decision Point in the Teacher Education Program.

Suggestions for When to File (.pdf)


Faculty

How to file a Notification of Concern:

Video- When and How to File

Powerpoint- When and How to File

  1. Log into MyUNIverse. If you have trouble logging in, contact the Help Desk at 3-5555 for assistance.
  2. Under the Work@UNI tab, then find  My Adminstrative Access  channel click “UNITED Instructor/Professor View” (SW22). If you do not have this view, contact the Office of Teacher Education.
  3. Click the “Create NOC” link on the navigation bar.
  4. Search the student for whom you wish to file a NOC by his/her name or student ID. You should see a student list matching your search criteria.
  5. Click the corresponding student ID button in the list.
  6. IMPORTANT: COMPLETE ALL DATA FIELDS. To set a course number, click the “Edit” button under the General Information section in the body of the page. Clicking the Edit button will bring up a popup window that allows you to set a course number on the form. Enter a course number including a section number and click the “Save & Close This Window” button. If you don’t see the window, your browser may be blocking it from appearing. You need to allow popup windows to open. See the “How to allow the web site to open popup windows” section below to solve the problem.
  7. Indicate area(s) of concern by clicking the corresponding radio button in the concern area.
  8. Using the text boxes: in the first box, describe your concern and any actions you have already taken to address these concerns. In the next box, describe in detail what actions must be taken to resolve the concern. Include time frames/due dates for successful completion. Be thorough.
  9. Click the “Save and Submit” button. The student, his/her advisor, your department head, and you will receive an email informing each person that a Notification of Concern has been filed for the student and providing instructions for the next step.

How to view/add a note to an existing Notification of Concern form:

  1. Go to “UNITED Instructor/Professor View” following the steps 1 and 2 above.
  2. Click on “View/Edit NOC” link on the navigation bar.
  3. Search NOC by student’s first or last name or ID number. If you are looking for a NOC you created, click the “Show me all in which I am the initiator” button.
  4. Click the corresponding student ID button in the list.
  5. If you need to add a note to the NOC, click the “Add Note” button on the left hand side. The “Add Note” box will appear at the top of the form. Enter notes into the text box and click “Add.” The student, his/her advisor, your department head, and you will receive email indicating a note has been added to the form.

How to resolve Notification of Concern:

  1. Follow the steps 1 - 4 in “How to File a NOC.”
  2. Click the “Resolved” button on the left hand side. A warning window will pop up and ask if you are sure you would like to resolve the Notification of Concern. Click “OK.” Describe how the notice was resolved. Note that once a Notification of Concern is resolved, you will NOT be able to add any more notes to it. If you need to enter comments, be sure to do so before resolving the Notification of Concern.

Advisors
Advisors are part of the support system to candidates and are notified by e-mail when a NOC is filed on one of your advisees.  Advisors may also initiate the NOC as appropriate.

Your role as an advisor:

  • Monitor advisees who have received a NOC
  • Support the advisee as needed
  • Enter notes on the NOC as appropriate
  • If the problem is unresolved and serious, attend the Teacher Candidate
  • Professional Review Committee meeting to provide testimony as needed

How to enter the UNITED system:

  • Log into MyUniverse (contact help desk at 3-5555 if needed)
  • Click on “UNITED Advisor View” (SW 21) under “My Transactions” (If you do not have this view, contact the Office of Teacher Education)
  • Click on “View/Edit NOC”  (or “View Student Progress” if you want to see how a student is progressing)
  • Search for your advisee by name or student number
  • Click on the advisee’s student number
  • Review, add to, or initiate NOC

Problems?

  • Be sure your browser setting allows popup windows. For instructions, click on “Help” in you browser or call 3-5555
  • Questions on the NOC? Contact Elementary or Secondary Teacher Education Coordinator
  • Questions about UNITED? Contact Elementary or Secondary Teacher Education Coordinator

Department Heads
When a faculty member from your department has filed a Notification of Concern for a teaching major, you will receive an email, alerting you to this situation and instructing you how to access the notice on MyUNIverse.

Your role as a Department Head:

  • Be immediately aware of the notice and the faculty member’s concern.
  • Participate with the faculty member and student in discussing steps to resolve the concern (expected actions, criteria for resolution of the concern, and timeline).
  • Enter notes on the NOC, visible to both the student and the initiator of the notice, to demonstrate that you are part of the solution process.
  • If the student does not resolve the concern within the designated time frame, post consequences on the notice by “adding a note.”
  • If the problem is unresolved and serious, you may be asked to attend the Teacher Candidate Professional Review Committee meeting established to address this student’s unresolved concern, providing testimony as needed.

How to enter the UNITED system:

  • Log into MyUniverse (contact help desk at 3-5555 if needed)
  • Click on “UNITED Department Head View” (SW61) under “My Transactions” (If you do not have this view, contact the Office of Teacher Education.
  • Click on “View/Edit NOC”  (or “View Student Progress” if you want to see how a student is progressing)
  • Search for the student by name or student number
  • Click on the student’s number
  • Review, add to, or initiate NOC

Problems?

  • Be sure your browser setting allows popup windows. For instructions, click on “Help” in you browser or call 3-5555
  • Questions on the NOC? Contact Elementary or Secondary Teacher Education Coordinator
  • Questions about UNITED? Contact Elementary or Secondary Teacher Education Coordinator

How to allow the web site to open popup windows:
Change your browser settings to allow the web site to open popup windows. If you use Internet Explorer, select “Internet Option” from “Tools” on the tool bar at the top of the browser window. Select “Privacy” tab and click “Setting…” button under Pop-up Blocker section. Enter access.uni.edu into the text box under “Address of Web site to allow:” section and click the “Add” button. Click the Close button and click the OK button on the Internet Options window. If you use Mozilla, Firebird or FireFox, select the “Options…” from Tools on the tool bar at the top of the browser window. Click the Web Features icon at the left of the window and you will see “Block Popup Windows” at the top of the list on the right hand side. Click the corresponding “Allowed Sites” button and type “access.uni.edu” into the text box. Click the “Allow” button. Click the “OK” button on the Allowed Sites window and then click the “OK” button on the Options window.